YCSO Sheriff David Rhodes’ statement on receiving an OUI at Lake Powell

As your Sheriff I have spoken many times about the need for accountability and truthfulness among our elected officials and especially law enforcement officers. Transparency is a critical tenant of our democracy.

On Saturday afternoon August 7th, my family and I were boating on Lake Powell.  We had a designated driver for the boat I was riding on, and I was drinking and enjoying the lake. Friends in a second boat were following for the day. Upon returning to the marina, they had difficulty parking their boat back in the slip and asked for my help. Both the boat owner and I made an attempt without success doing minor damage to the neighboring boat. I decided that we needed to stop and eventually found someone else to help. National Park Police were waiting for us on the dock.

I fully cooperated with law enforcement and have taken responsibility for my actions. I was cited for operating the boat while intoxicated.  I am subject to all the same consequences as any other citizen, and I accept those consequences. I did not attempt in anyway, nor would I ever, to use my position as Sheriff to impact their decision. As I always say, am grateful to the police for keeping the public safe.

Even I who knows the law well thought that “just docking the boat” would be safe, but I was wrong.  I should not have taken control of the boat at all, even for the brief moment.

I deeply regret my actions and have learned from this mistake. I am sure you are disappointed and that is fair, however I am more disappointed in myself. I want to assure you that I will always be honest with you even in the tough times.

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